Wednesday, 27 April 2011 08:08
Bridging the gap, Touching the heart...
Agri-pinoy aims to promote active participation among farmers, NGOS, Private Sector, and LGUs for agriculture development.
|The program is based on the principles of sustainable agriculture and fisheries, natural resource-based management, food security, and local development, among others.
- Farm to Table
Why? The increasing demand from an increasing population means that we need to increase the productivity of the broadest number of producers and improve their profitability.
We need a broader and more varied base to insure sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change and changes in the global market
Implications: The DA’s services and resources must be equitably and proportionately allocated to small, medium, and large players
The allocation of the DA’s services and resources must appreciate the role of the various stakeholders and address their specific needs.
Addresses the whole system From Farm to Table
The “Farm” represents interventions in production, from soil and water management, extension, seeds and fertilizers, post-harvest processing, credit and marketing etc.
The “Table” represents interventions to insure food security, safety, and quality for the consumers
Sustainable farming systems
- Promote and develop technological interventions that increase productivity while insuring sustainability
- Recognize the limits of the carrying capacity of our natural resources, while increasing the capability of our human resources
- Minimize dependence on imports to meet national food requirements
- Sustainability includes preparing the successor generation
- Promote appreciation of agriculture especially among young people e.g. Gulayan sa Paaralan in partnership with DepEd, learning lessons from 4-H clubs and previous youth programs.
Integrates the need for resilience
- Resilience and sustainability are both ecological and economic, addressing both bio-physical and market changes
- Globalization of markets challenges us to become globally competitive across the whole supply chain
- 58% of our production sites are vulnerable to climate change impacts
- Empowerment of farmers including information about risks
- Diversification of crops, farm systems, and value-adding technologies
Works through partnerships
- Partnerships with national government agencies, especially the Convergence partners - DAR and DENR. This is open to other national agencies.
- Partnerships with LGUs who have the responsibility to insure food security and self-sufficiency. Partnership with DILG to facilitate integration of agricultural development in the LGU’s local development plans
- Partnerships with NGOs, farmers organizations, and other stakeholders
- Promoting the formation of program-based Agri-Pinoy partnerships at the local, regional, and national level
Challenges to the DA
- Convergence among DA units and agencies
- Professionalism within the DA family
- Governance: Transparency, Accountability, Participation
Bridging the gap, Touching the heart
Our stakeholders, especially the grassroots, must experience our sincerity and concern, so that they will trust us and respond to our call to participate in Agri-Pinoy.